Well… I have to say this book didn’t disappoint but I wouldn’t have minded more sexy scenes with Becky and Frank.
Ok. if you read Hell on Wheels you knew what was coming to a head for this book. Becky and Frank were both trying desperately not to show how much they wanted each other in the last book and it comes to a head when Frank goes Alpha male on her causing her to decide she needs to get away from his “dillhole” self.
While you don’t really need to read Hell on Wheels I would recommend doing so before you read this one just to get a better idea of how the both of them feel. Plus… Nate is just hot.. actually HOT… SMOKING BROODING ALPHA MALE HOT.. hmmm did I make myself clear??? I think so…
Ok back to the book at hand….
Becky owned a custom motorcycle shop that ends up being used as a cover for a black-ops organization. While she isn’t an operative she is a mechanical genius that ends up getting closer to the men who work for the Black Knights. She has been in major lust/love with the head honcho Frank Knight but they have never acted on it as he always seems to either run away from her or treat her like a little sister. At the end of the last book she lets him know she wants to be an operative which sends him off the deep end with Alpha male protect my female attitude. She is incredibly hurt and decides she needs to get over him so goes off on a month long vacation with a friend. She and Eve end up in the hands of pirates (Somali) which leads to Frank, Billy (her brother) and a new guy, Angel, having to ride to the rescue. In the process of saving the two women Frank ends up getting hurt which leads to an incredible crumbling of his barriers to her but only for a moment. I will have to say that moment was as funny as it was heartbreaking but hot hot hot. Of course there are more misunderstandings but we all know how this has to end cause Julie Ann Walker would have had a riot … LMAO
Frank… sigh… bless your stubborn heart. He’s a great guy. I mean really great guy… He wants her with all his being but due to being 13 years older than her and items in his past is trying to do the whole virtuous thing and push her away. He loves her, lusts after her, wants to protect her and wants to strangle her but the man just keeps suppressing this. Everyone is convinced he has someone he is involved with but that part of the story when it comes to light is understandable. It isn’t what people think but I understood why he kept it so tightly hidden. Once his big secret and the reason why he has kept himself from love comes to light you will want to go “Really?? That’s why you pushed her away time and time again?? Really?? Come on man…”
Anyway… I would gladly want Frank for my own but he and Becky are a great match for one another and I personally am ready for the next one plus… I am reallylooking forward to Billy and Eve… (Julie – Hint hint.. sooner rather than later) Oh and Angel.. sweet, sexy, dangerous Angel. I loved you tried to help the two of them but am glad you finally helped Frank see what he was losing if he didn’t get his head out of his ass.
A great quick read and worth the time to read both in the series with more fun Alpha males to come. Thanks to NetGalley.com and Sourcebooks Casablanca for the chance to read this early in exchange for my honest review.
In Rides Trouble – Julie Ann Walker – 4 Stars
Ok.. I am putting this cover up in a larger format than normal cause I mean… Look at him.. Yum!!
And to get another thing out of my system…
Ok now I feel better…. huge breath…
This is yet another entry in the pairing of short stories/novellas from Shelly Laurenston and Cynthia Eden. I have to be honest I get these for the Laurenston stories but I am happy to say that due to these I did discover Cynthia Eden and have enjoyed other works by her outside of these.
Like a Wolf with a Bone – Shelly Laurenston – 5 stars:
Laurenston takes us back in the history of her Pride series and gives us the story of Dee’s parents… Darla and Eggie.
Darla Lewis is on “vacation” from her job as an assistant pastry chef for a Van Holtz restaurant in San Francisco. She has been sort of forced to come home to rest and relax although with her family and the Smith boys who are their mates there is no way she is really resting. She’s an interesting soul in that she is a feminist, a pacifist and definitely a She-wolf. You see how she gets sort of lost with her more vocal and outgoing sisters but you also get to see the strong backbone she has. She is willing to stick up for what she believes in even if as a wolf she shouldn’t really care about the full-humans or other such nonsense. She is attacked and Eggie comes to save the day. Unlike others she feels incredibly safe around the wolf that most run away from or at least back away very slowly and pray that he doesn’t feel like pursuing them.
Eggie… *sigh* … *wipes drool off chin*… he’s such a misunderstood wolf. Sure he’s scary…. yes he kills with no real outward emotion… yes he isn’t a talker… a bit of an odd one… a loner… but dear gawd is he such a sweeite under the surface. Noone has ever seen him the way Darla does and he quickly discovers that this is HIS She-wolf and he will protect her as long as he has a breath in his body. He doesn’t say much but his actions say what he can’t. He can’t believe she trusts him and is surprised he has found his mate. I don’t think he ever thought that day would happen and watching this incredible man work out how much he loves her was aaaaawwwwwwwwwwwww worthy many times. His declaration of love has to be one of my favorite moments in this series and I am glad Laurenston was able to give this to us.
I have to say I want her to go back and also give us Bubba Ray and Janie Mae cause the glimpses we got in this have me wanting more more more.
Please go grab this work as it will make you look at Eggie in a different light than the killing machine everyone else sees him to be. Darla is one hell of a lucky woman.
Wed or Dead – Cynthia Eden – 4.5 stars:
Quick read about a hunter and a werewolf. Neither is completely what the other expected but is exactly what they each needed.
Kayla lost all her family but her brother in a violent werewolf attack and she has the scars (mentally and physically) to prove it. She takes an assignment from her boss to get close to a local Alpha by any means necessary so she can kill him. We start this at the Vegas wedding ceremony and find that she is attracted to him but feels in the back of her mind she still has to kill the monster. We see her work thru a few issues in this quick read to end up paired with an incredible man/beast that makes her see every species has monsters not just the werewolves/
Gage is Alpha to the core. He is not a monster but is a fair leader and will kill only if it is needed to protect the innocent or his Pack. He knows that she is a Hunter but also knows she is his. She is the mate he has always wanted strong… sexy and powerful in her own ways. They have a great honeymoon night together but understandably he is a little pissed when she tries to go thru with her original missions. She doesn’t really put much effort in to it as she does feel that incredible connection as well.
This story has some nice sexy times but a lot of it is focused on the insane leader of the hunters and not truly on the main pair. I loved seeing Gage cause I mean he is one sexy beast but we just didn’t get enough relationship building and that sort of disappointed me. I still loved it though so give it a chance.
Go grab this quick read and then go grab more Laurenston… Cause ya know ya want to …
Oh… and BTW – Her G A Aiken Dragons have a book coming up on September 4th so go pre-order or grab that as well.
And to get ready for that..
I am so happy this is finally getting told and dude.. he better have some major groveling chops cause I mean damn he was an ass to her.. LOL
Cute premise but at times you will want to hurt the heroine.
Haley is the perpetual wall-flower who has been basically bullied her entire life. She’s not too tall and is very curvy but not fat. Unfortunately she believes herself to be frumpy, ugly, fat, oh heck she just believes anything negative she can about herself. She is sooooo meek and suppressed that even the few times she has had sex it was in the dark with little to no playing. She gets embarrassed by anything and everything even saying curse words or hmmm cock. LOL This will get on your nerves as the story progresses but this is a good story even with that annoyance.She has a great friend who supports her but in her own way has held Haley back from becoming who she is meant to be. She gets stood up, again, and in a moment of desperation prays for something she never though she could get… a dating miracle.
Ryder… sigh… I want a Guardian Angel like him.. although I should say nephilim. He answers her prayer and starts working on building her confidence and giving her the most amazing makeover in both looks but also personality. He shouldn’t get involved with her but he just can’t seem to resist her pleas and her looks. He gets in a lot of trouble as he becomes more and more involved with her until the showdown near the end of the book. He’s sexy.. naughty.. sweet… Alpha… and oh dear god if I could have him I’d jump at the chance. I mean come on wouldn’t you love your own naughty sex god… LOL
Anyway… read this for the chance to see some hot times but it is also nice to see a good girl with naughty thoughts get the man of her dreams. I wish we could see more of this pair and maybe in a future book we will.
Thanks to NetGalley.com and Sourcebooks Casablanca for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.
Where There’s a Will – Karen Kelley – 3 stars
I’m going to start this off by saying this is not a review for the entire story as it is just a teaser of what the book will be like. This being said I did enjoy it and look forward to the full novel.
Laura is a widow attempting to raise her stepson who is now 17 and hanging out with the wrong crowd. She is trying her best to cope but soon is forced to make a deal with the “devil”. She seems to be a good person and is immediately stunned by our hero’s looks and presence.
Bell… Earl of Bellingham… so sexy but so rigid… He has recently ended his relationship with the latest mistress and needs to find someone to take her place. He never wants to get married and is extremely strict with his life. I mean the man gets bent out of shape when his chef tries to get him to try something new for breakfast. This is a man who can’t bend but loves challengers. He’s a bit out of sorts though as his friends are all wedding around him and settling in to married loving bliss. He never wants to get married or have kids although we don’t get to see the full reason why in this teaser.
Recently I have been reading a new series by Debra Webb. There are 5 books planned for this series and I have so far been lucky enough to read 3 of them. The series centers around a couple who were together towards the end of high-school and then college but split due to mitigating factors. Their dynamic is wonderful and my hope is they end the series firmly as a couple with the past far behind them.
We start this series off with a bang, Jess has been called to Birmingham by her former lover who is now the Chief of Police to investigate the disappearance of multiple young women. These women are not the type to have just run away but instead are women who care deeply about their families. She is still smarting from the disaster she has left with the FBI which is about to get her fired from the Bureau. You see she got a little too involved in a case with a serial killer and went outside the lines to gather evidence which is now going to set the man free. Unfortunately this makes others think she has gone off the deep end since not only did that happen but she is also smarting from the breakup of her marriage. She is a smart woman who’s only crime I think is wanting to do her job to the point that she won’t always look before she leaps.
Jess is a brilliant profiler who can see things noone else notices. She immediately takes over the investigation and pushes the task force to look outside the box. She is also still in love with Dan which you see in this book but the tension between them is palpable in this book. They split in college when Dan wanted to go back home to Birmingham and she wanted to go to the FBI like she thought they both planned. They ran in to one another 10 years ago and had a memorable night together. The chemistry between them is not gone and will not leave them alone. They are a great match for one another but things just keep getting in their way during this book. She pushes the team in this book to the point where they aren’t sure if she is truly sane or not but the results she gets give everyone a happy ending.
Dan is conflicted… He wants this case solved because his ex-stepdaughter is one of the missing. He sucks it up and calls Jess because he knows she will be able to solve this case. He still harbors feelings for her even though it has been 10 years since that memorable night and 20 since they were a couple. You feel for him since as the series progresses you understand more of what drove them apart originally and truly like him and them as a couple.
This story was a lot of fun and ends on a bang that sets up the next book perfectly. So go grab it and the others….
Impulse starts with the realization that Jess’ past has come back to haunt her. Spears (The Player) has been released and Lori Wells (detective from case in Obsession) has been abducted. Jess knows this has something to do with Spears even though others don’t completely believe her. The FBI has basically called her out on her bizarre behavior and is implying that she may be making things up. Not to say that Lori isn’t abducted but they do not believe that it is the Player but is instead a copy-cat. Tension is high in this book and many others are hurt as the action ramps up. We lose a couple of side-characters but if they had listened to Jess maybe they would have survived. There also isn’t a 100% resolution to the Spears case but Jess gets her good name back.
In this book the focus is on getting the case that ruined Jess’ career solved plus we get a bit of release of the sexual tension that exists between Dan and Jess. You get to see that she never truly got over him and he never got over her. This is a couple that is meant to be and I find myself cheering for them to get thru all the obstacles and find the love they deserve.
I loved the side characters in both Obsession and Impulse which add a depth to the story you wouldn’t have otherwise. Chet Harper and Lori Wells are a wonderful couple and I was extremely happy with the fact Lori decided to face her fears and open her heart to Chet. Watching them in the series is just as much fun as seeing Dan and Jess come together.
This book ends with Jess being named Deputy Chief of a new division which means Dan will be her boss. We have some ground rules set at the end of this which I had to laugh at since you know they won’t be able to follow them.
Jess is trying to get her feet under her again and start to lead her new division at Birmingham PD. Chet Harper gets a call out to investigate the death of a ballet instructor which at first glance appears to be a horrible accident but things just don’t add up to Jess. The case is pulled from her team and assigned to another division by Dan which pisses Jess off. He gives her another case of a missing teen who got written off by others at BPD. While she is pissed about losing the other case she puts her mind to investigating this disappearance.
The teen’s disappearance quickly escalates as the girl he was trying to help happens to be deeply involved in MS13 (an extremely dangerous gang) and Jess crosses all sorts of lines to get to the bottom of this. She ends up getting targeted by the gang which ends this story in a huge bang.
Jess also stays involved in the other case even though she isn’t supposed to and of course figures it out even though there is pressure to close the case and write it up as accidental. Also the victim’s ex confesses to killing her so why not let it go. The twists in both cases make this an interesting read even without the Dan/Jess story.
We get to see more of the tension between Dan and Jess as they try to not only figure out their professional relationship but deal with the fact that neither wants to admit their true feelings for one another. Dan makes some major first moves in this as he finally admits why they split 20 years ago and then in an aside to his ex admits that he wants Jess. Jess ends up calling her ex for information on MS13 and we get to see him make an appearance at the end of this book which sets up some interesting conflicts for this next book. Jess doesn’t know that Dan has confessed to his ex what he wants so she is still trying to act like his closeness with her doesn’t bug her even though it makes her jealous. They really do love each other and each of these books reinforce the fact that they need to figure this out for themselves.
Overall this has been a great series to read and I am waiting for the final 2 books in the series.
Special thanks to NetGalley.com and Grand Central Publishing for letting me read these in exchange for my honest review.
You know how at times when you get a book of short stories/novellas you only love one… like a second one and really dislike a third? Or you love one and dislike the other 2? This thankfully wasn’t one of those times. While I didn’t love love love any of them they were all nice quick reads and are worth the time you’ll need to read them.
Dark Secret – Hannah Howell:
Murdina is desperately trying to find the only family she has left and is trying to hide her psychic power lest she be condemned as a witch like her other family members. She meets a mysterious man and is compelled to help him keep his secrets from other members of the household she is employed by. This results in her running away with him to his homeland and discovering the love of her life plus a sense of home and belonging she didn’t have anywhere else. This was a nice quick read and I would like to maybe read more set in this world.
Never Been Bitten – Erica Ridley:
This was sort of fun… Vampire sent to bring back a rogue vampiress whounknowingly has a daughter. It was fun seeing the daughter come in to her birthright and meet the man who would give up his position to be with her. You see she isn’t supposed to exist and the culture in place at home would demand her death rather than letting her live in peace. He is sufficiently hot and watching the dance between the pair was entertaining. Oh and add the whole appearances in front of the ton and you have a recipe for a bit of humor because heaven forbid you have anything other than perfect manners or want to be more than just a flighty female. 🙂
Highland Vampire – Diana Cosby:
Interesting premise in this one… Fey and Vampire do not mix but in this one you have a Fey and Vampire who are drawn together despite it being a huge no-no. Aedan was hugely protective and loved watching him decide he would take whatever punishment his need to save Rowan would bring down on him but she is his dammit. Nice sexy read without being too little story too much sex.
Overall I enjoyed the 3 stories and will keep an eye out for more from the authors.
Special thanks to NetGalley.com and Kensington for allowing me to read this in exchange for my honest review.
Born to Bite – Hannah Howell/Diana Crosby/Erica Ridley – 3 Stars
I must say I have enjoyed the little novella and now this book set in Whiskey Creek. My only wish was that this wasn’t a trilogy but maybe we will get lucky and see a lot more of this fun little town.
We start this story in LA where Gail is desperately trying to save her business after she lets her opinion of a former client actually come to light. She says some pretty hurtful things about him and although they are completely true probably not the best thing to do when in the PR business for entertainers. She’s a bit uptight, driven and very loyal to her employees and friends. She can’t bear to lose their livelihoods and all the business she has poured her heart in to just because she voiced her honest opinion.
Simon… sigh… such a tortured misunderstood man. From the outside you just see an actor who is living the extreme party life… the epitome of the bad boy. After all he did cheat on his now ex-wife and then had a restraining order taken out on him by her after he fought her brother. This results in him losing contact with his son which is something that is killing him inside. He buries his pain under women and alcohol which loses him his PR manager, Gail, who gets fed up and drops him as a client. When drunk he directs his manager to get a bit of revenge on her not knowing the depths that this a@# will go to. Yes… Ian is an a#$. I can’t help but say that because he does some pretty despicable things in order to get Simon to keep making him money.
Anyway…. Gail goes to beg Simon to put a stop to the exodus she is experiencing so she can save her company and employees jobs. Unfortunately her assistant didn’t know she was going to do this and manufactures a scandal that not only is out and out false but jeopardizes Simon’s hopes of ever getting to see his son again. Needless to say he isn’t happy but Ian/Gail come up with a plan to not only save her business but reform Simon. He has to marry and not just marry but marry the right woman who can redeem him.
Guess who fits the bill…. LOL… This is a nice story in that both H/h find things out about themselves and the results are magical. Simon is just such a naughty, naughty boy but with an incredible wounded soul. He is just a big softy and when he truly finds what it means to love he does it hard and lasting.
The ending was slightly rushed but I loved seeing the changes the two leads brought to each other and look forward to seeing glimpses in the future.
Also…. can we just give Kyle a break in either one of these books or give him a novella? I’m hoping the person that this books hints at him divorcing is the witch he married in the prior novella…
Anyway… thanks to NetGalley.com and Harlequin for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for an honest review.
When Lightning Strikes – Brenda Novak – 4 stars
This is my first Victoria Dahl book and it won’t be my last. I have followed her on Twitter for a while and love watching her banter back and forth with fans, bloggers and fellow authors. She has a quick wit and no real filters which makes her very interesting.
This book was a surprise in that it was a lot darker than I expected but I loved seeing the bits of humor and the incredible sadness that our main characters experience. Both are damaged but this book shows their emergence in to healthy happy individuals.
Grace is an old soul in a younger body. She has been thru a lot in her years on this Earth and emerged a bit of a shell of a human. She is so bound and determined to not need anyone or anything that she has become brittle and in this book you see her realize this and acknowledge that maybe it isn’t what she really wants to be. She is hard… incredibly sarcastic… brash… and a bit of a bitch if you just take her at face value. She meets her neighbor and immediately feels something for him but tries to bury it as a I just need to scratch an itch nothing more.
Cole is a man who is out of sorts right now. He doesn’t want anything other than to be able to get back on a horse and complete his goal of purchasing a local ranch. He’s been thru a lot and wears his bitterness over things that happened when he was still young like a badge on his heart. He is fascinated by Grace and her edges but sees something underneath that is like a warm beacon to his heart. He gives her what she thinks she wants just so he can have a door in to her but knows he wants more than what she is willing and capable of at this time. As they get to know each other (as much as Grace will let him) they have to confront ghosts from both their pasts.
The ghosts in this case cause some angst and major blow-ups during this novel but I enjoyed the depth that Dahl was able to bring to both characters. Was the sex hot… oh yeah baby it was but… I loved the interaction between the pair and how much healing both of them manage to give one another without realizing how much it meant. Both have major things to work out and I don’t think it was glossed over as much as some authors would have chosen to. I appreciated the steamy scenes as even though the characters don’t acknowledge to one another how different this hook up is, you as the reader see that these two damaged souls complete each other and make each other better people.
The secondary characters were nice but this is truly a book about two damaged souls finding the love they never realized they needed in the last places they would have ever looked. They really do complete each other and I hope we get to see a bit more of them.
Thanks to NetGalley.com and Harlequin for letting me read this in exchange for my honest my review.
Close Enough to Touch – Victoria Dahl – 5 stars
Another rarity for me – f/f – but this has an interesting twist in that it is actually at its heart a sci-fi novel. I loved the idea of a world stuck on the latest greatest technology to the point of ignoring reality.
Allegra starts this quick read as a model at the top of her game. She’s in lust/love with another model she has known for years but isn’t certain if the feelings are returned. At a very public event she is felt up by one of the big-wigs of the company and snaps by punching the woman which of course results in her being fired. After she is fired a systemic push to discredit and ruin her is causing her no end of grief but then she tries out the latest virtual reality device and recieves a message noone else can seem to hear.
This voice leads her on a deadly path that takes her off-world to save the planet. She finds out that a being from another world is trying to stop the changes that result in the same checking out from the physical real-world that doomed his own planet. This isn’t exactly what you think going in but it does result in a decent read.
Thanks to NetGalley.com and Carina Press for the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.